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Fall 2020 Catalog 
Fall 2020 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions


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The following programs are all in the College of Letters and Science .

American Studies

Jennifer Collins, Coordinator
Department of Political Science
Room 489, Collins Classroom Center
Phone: 715-346-2439
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Academic Standards for American Studies Major

To graduate with a major in American Studies you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses required for the major, including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. See the Grade-related Policies  section in the catalog for the policy on repeating courses.

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for American Studies Major

You may test-out and/or receive credit-by-exam for all General Education Program requirement (GEP) courses. To test-out but not receive credit for all other courses in the major, please consult with the American studies coordinator. You may take an exam for credit or test-out only once.

Collaborative Degree Program - American Studies

The American Studies major is part of the Collaborative Degree Program where students may attend evening/online classes at any of several campuses. For more information call 715-346-4243.

Environmental Studies

Neil Prendergast, Co-coordinator
Room 473, Collins Classroom Center
Phone : 715-346-2805
Email :

Natural Science

Krista Slemmons, Coordinator
Room 347, Chemistry Biology Building
Phone: 715-346-2453

The Natural Science major is designed only for students who intend to teach secondary or middle school. If you at some point decide not to teach or do not qualify to teach,  you must choose a new major. Depending on the array of courses taken, switching to either a Biology major or Biogeoscience option of the Geoscience major might allow you to apply the greatest number of accumulated science credits towards a degree.

The Natural Science major consists of a foundation of introductory courses from all areas of science, a minor in one science discipline, a concentration of at least 14 credits in a second science discipline. Note that the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) requires at least 15 credits in a subject area to be certified to teach that subject.

NOTE: See individual departments (Biology  , Chemistry  , Geography and Geology  , Physics and Astronomy ) for course combination restrictions.

Academic Standards for Natural Science

  1. To be approved for graduation, you must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 in all courses included in your natural science major or minor, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy.
  2. In addition, you must meet the minimum GPA required for the minor that goes with the natural science option you are pursuing. See descriptions of the minors in the earth science  , biology  , chemistry  , or physics  sections of this catalog.
  3. See the Grade-related Policies  section of this catalog for the policy on repeating courses.
  4. For all Natural Science majors, the Communication in the Major is satisfied by EDUC 337  and EDUC 390 .
  5. For all Natural Science majors, the Capstone Experience is satisfied by BIED 400 .

Women’s and Gender Studies

Rebecca Stephens, Coordinator
Room 445 CCC
Phone: 715-346-4331

Definition: Women’s and gender studies emphasizes the multidisciplinary study of issues in gender, women’s studies, and sexuality with attention to methodological and/or theoretical approaches.

Credit-by-Exam Policy for Women’s and Gender Studies

Credit-by-exam is available for WGS 105 , WGS 300 . To arrange for an exam, contact the coordinator. For WGS 300 , you may test-out only for a topic that has been offered within one year of the test-out attempt. Exams will include objective and essay questions. Course credit is given for scores equal to or greater than 80 percent of the total points on the exam. You may take the exam only once.


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